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Ex-officials expelled from Party

By Sun Xiaochen | China Daily | Updated: 2017-07-05 07:29

Su Shulin, the former governor of Fujian province, and Yang Chongyong, a former senior legislator in Hebei province, have been expelled from the Communist Party of China and dismissed from public office, the top anti-graft authority said on Tuesday.

Su, 55, was chairman of China Petroleum and Chemical Corp, or Sinopec, between 2007 and 2011 before his promotion to governor of Fujian in East China.

The CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection announced in October 2015 that it was putting Su under investigation for suspicion of serious disciplinary violation, making him the first incumbent governor to be probed for corruption since the top leadership launched an anti-graft campaign in 2012.

According to a statement released by the CCDI, Su had severely violated political disciplines and Party rules, organized cliques and interfered with an investigation into him.

He was found to have abused his power by accepting bribes and gifts to seek benefits for others and caused a huge loss of State assets by making decisions against regulations.

The investigation also found that Su had asked State-owned enterprises to pay for his personal spending and his relatives' trips using public funds.

"He was greedy and had a bad influence on society," the statement said.

Yang, 61, former deputy head of the Hebei Provincial People's Congress Standing Committee, the provincial legislature, was being investigated for a serious breach of Party disciplines, the CCDI announced in April.

Yang was found to have seriously violated political disciplines and Party rules, and traveled overseas without permission using fake ID documents.

He also obstructed an investigation. The probe found that Yang took advantage of his posts to seek benefits for others and accepted a huge amount of money in return.

Both Su and Yang's qualifications as delegates to the 18th CPC National Congress will be terminated and their ill-gotten gains will be confiscated, the anti-graft watchdog said.

Their cases have been transferred to the judicial authority for further investigation, it said.

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